Yuh-Line Niou won the Democratic primary for the 65th Assembly district in lower Manhattan, beating five other candidates in a crowded field on Sept. 13. In a heavily-Democratic district, she is on her way to become the first Asian American to represent Chinatown in Manhattan.
“I am humbled to be the first Asian American to represent Chinatown or any part of Manhattan in the state legislature,” Niou said. She cast herself as a reformer — someone who would change Albany after years of corruption. Niou is the former chief of staff to Assemblyman Ron Kim of Queens. She is 33 and moved to Manhattan six years ago.